The next Community Meeting will be on Friday, October 25, 8:20 AM. Our Main Presenters will be Ms. Anne Economou's 1st Graders while Ms. Jenny Harper's 4th Graders will be hosting the Parent Pop Quiz. Please join us!
It’s Friday Activity Program time and we are excited that we can again provide this opportunity to our students. Program details and registration forms here: Friday Program Registration. Deadline for registration is Friday, October 25, 2019.
During last Friday’s Community Meeting, Sedona, Maggie, Julie and Faye shared their concern about pandas facing extinction as their habitats are destroyed. With the support of Student Council, they hope to raise funds to protect pandas and save their habitats. Each classroom will have a container to collect money for panda charities. Please consider making a donation. The classroom that raises the most money will receive a set of panda pens as a thank you. The collection will continue until Thanksgiving Break.
SEF was formed in 1997 and has been a 100% volunteer organization since 2011. Our mission is to support and enhance education in the Stowe public school system. With your generous support we have been able to fund $266,000 in programs and resources at Stowe Elementary, Middle and High Schools over the past eight school years.
The future of our organization became uncertain with the passage of Act 46 and the forced mergers of the Stowe school district and the Elmore-Morrisville school district. SEF’s legal charter enabled us to raise funds to support the Stowe School District. As that district no longer exists, we are unable to continue fundraising. During the past several months, we considered possible options, but the challenge of fundraising in three towns, rather than one, and for seven schools, rather than three is simply more than our small group of volunteers can manage successfully. Additionally, after SEF is dissolved an entirely new non-profit would need to be formed under a new charter.
SEF holds endowment funds that have accumulated over time. Because these funds were raised prior to the Stowe School District being dissolved, SEF can distribute this money to the Stowe schools. During this period of transition, these funds will be allocated to provide continued support for programs we have long funded.
We are truly grateful for the variety of ways you have shown your support for our organization. You have made a significant difference in the education of our students. You can continue to support our schools in many ways: volunteer, attend meetings to stay informed, and thank faculty members for making a difference every day. The PTO and Booster Clubs are valuable parent-run groups that provide financial support for our schools. We encourage you to get involved with them.
We will be working with the schools and administration to identify and prioritize the needs and programs that would be best served in the near-term with the hope that these items will be part of the school budget in coming years.
We will communicate our progress, welcome your input and ideas, and thank you for your support throughout the past two decades of SEF’s work.
The Stowe Education Fund Board of Directors
Vickie Alekson Sharon McDonald
Robin Cannon Meghan Reichelt
Christina DeRuzza Lisa Senecal
Dear SES Parents,
I wanted to remind everyone about our wonderful recycling program through Crayola. Crayola ColorCycle is an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!
The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013. Plastic conversion technologies are used to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.
Last year, I sent four 50 pound boxes of markers to Crayola to recycle. I hope we can do the same this year! Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located in the front of the school and the art room for your child to deposit the markers.
New this year, I will also be collecting used crayons to recycle in the art room. Feel free to send in any crayons that are well-loved or broken.
With the help of our school community, we can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.
Kayla Hoffman, Art teacher
Dear SES Families,
The PTO and school administration would like to say THANK YOU to all families who have participated in the SES Wreath and Citrus sale thus far! We value and appreciate your support!
As you will see on the flyer going out this week - it’s not too late to get out and sell! In fact - we have extended our final order date to Monday, October 28. The fundraiser is going well - but we really hope that we can use these final days to knock it out of the park! As we go around town, we are hearing that businesses and townspeople are waiting to hear from SES students, as this is a beloved annual fundraiser our town has grown to count on and enjoys supporting!
Additionally, we have heard that there is some confusion about the nitty gritty of how the fundraiser works - and we are happy to offer some additional clarity! This is our first year with the Wreath and Citrus sale, so we appreciate your feedback and patience as we work out the kinks.
If you sell wreaths, garland and/or boxes of citrus your ONLY obligation is to ensure that order forms and payment is turned in and to coordinate delivery to whomever has purchased through your child. THAT IS IT!
We will be asking for some volunteers to help the PTO with unloading, organizing and decorating of wreaths/citrus on delivery and pick up days - however, we do not expect everyone to participate! We understand that everyone’s availability is different. We all support our school and students in different ways - it takes a village!
Finally, please keep in mind that all the money raised by this fundraiser goes directly back to SES students in the form of enrichment activities. Last year PTO funds paid for events like Jeh Kulu Dance: Week long African drum/music in classrooms and performance, Radio Jarocho Musical Performance, Zumba: Week long performance and classroom work and the amazing Juggler performance. Additionally, these dollars go toward yearbooks, the Stowe Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture, the teacher appreciation breakfast, retirement gifts and more!
As always - if anyone has any questions or feedback please reach out to us! [email protected]
SES PTO Board
Celebrate your child's birthday and be a part of the BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB! Make a donation in honor of your child's birthday and they will have the opportunity to pick out a new book for our SES library. We will place a sticker of honor on the inside of the book/s your child has selected, memorializing their birthday. This is a great way to support our amazing SES library! Just fill out the attached form and send in/drop off at school and we will take care of the rest! Please contact Jenny Walton ([email protected]) or Genevieve Thompson ([email protected]) if you have any questions. Thank you for your support! Birthday Book Club Form
Parents, students, faculty, and friends! You are invited to a Public Open House for a presentation on the Bingham Falls Master Plan project being undertaken by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation and the Stowe Land Trust. Come hear about the planned improvements to this popular recreation area in Stowe and provide your feedback! Thursday, November 7, 5:30 - 7:00 at the Akeley Memorial Building.
October 1st - October 28th
Stowe Parks & Recreation has organized a Candy Drop to help stock the candy supply for the hundreds of little ghosts and goblins that will be trick or treating in the village this Halloween. Drop boxes will be located at Shaw's Grocery Store, Mac's Market, the Akeley Memorial Building, Stowe Free Library, Stowe Elementary School and the David Gale Recreation Center. If you are interested in receiving a portion of the candy, please contact Emily Boek, Program Director at [email protected][email protected]>.
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Stowe Elementary School Gym
FREE, Gaming Fees May Apply
Every Halloween goblins, princesses and superheroes can be found scaring up some fun at the annual Halloween Party! Kids of all ages make their way to the Stowe Elementary School gym to play games like Give Frank a Heart, Witches Brew, and many more! Fun prizes, food, music and a super spooky photo booth make it the perfect pre trick-or-treat tradition for Stowe families.
Halloween Ghost Walk: October 31, 2:00
Early Dismissal: November 1, 12:00 noon
Professional Development (no school for students):
Thanksgiving Break: November 27 - 29
Early Dismissal: December 6, 12:00 noon
Holiday Concerts: December 12, 1:45 and 6:30
Holiday Concerts (snow date): December 17, 1:45 and 6:30
Holiday Recess: December 23 - January 1
Please check the calendar on the school website for individual grade field trip information.